Where is democracy?
THIS is the question in the last line of an elucidating essay on the subject published in the editorial page of a local English-language daily on April 11. It is indeed the million dollar question that baffles millions of people in Bangladesh. There can be many answers to this pertinent question. However, expressing these in a lighter vein, one can put it in the following alphabetic order: ‘autocracy’ of, for and by the party inner coterie on coming to political power; ‘bogeyocracy’, the usual format adopted in Bangladesh where democracy is nothing but a bogey; ‘demoncracy’ where demons are freely let loose in the country, to do what they like at their whim and fancy; ‘Eliteocracy’ where the party and associated elites practice theoretical governance without links to realities; ‘foolocracy’ where the party in power, tries to fool all the people for all the time; and finally, at the end, comes ‘zapocracy’ (from the verb ‘zap’) which is practised to destroy all norms of governance while the party elite make hay while the sun shines, usually for one term. In between there is also ‘hypocrisy’ which is practised in our format of democracy. The less said about it the better as it has no end.
That is our alphabet of democracy that we see most of the time as the stark reality from all our political parties. To sum up, in numeric verse, it is: ‘One, two, three/We are all free/ But wherever we see/There is no democracy’.
A vexed Bengali
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